From what I hear about these two bomber suspects, they were hanging around, blending in at MIT.
They got dropped off the moon and were sent here to kill. The fact that they had little cash and had to rob a 7/11 says a lot about their handlers.
America has been lucky so far in terms of the imported traveling in kind of terrorists. It is hard to get hold of explosives here. Not like you can transport that stuff over the mountains on the backs of mules or camels.
But there is another thing too. People from afar only see the surface of America and do not truly feel what we natives see and feel.
Matter of perception.
So simple and yet so very complex in reality.
Whose reality is the problem I think.
It is what I always saw looking around the icons of New York and realizing that foreigners don’t know how to pick the right targets to hurt us symbolically.
They do not understand us. Thank God for that.
They could only take aim at the bigger things around in terms of icons but not truly mainstream America as far as I am concerned – the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 as an example. (nothing close to our hearts)
That aside. The emerging global culture is going both ways and right now that two way thing seems very violent.
The suspects had a shootout at the 7/11 killing a cop and then carjacked a SUV. So much like an American TV show. The chase. The shootout in Watertown. The door or door manhunt.
Life imitates art. American art – TV?
Oh well. It is a start of sorts. They want to destroy us. They want to understand us. They want to imitate us. They want to be us. But yet they don’t want Mickey D’s on Main Street, Dirt Street, wherever, their-ever.
Our sense of Local, like our God, not their sense of Local or like their God. How strange.
Strange dance of mutual attractions. Whatever.
“And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”